Quartet Passed Fit As Mourinho Makes 4 Changes | Expected Man Utd XI vs Arsenal
Manchester United take on Arsenal at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. Here is the line-up I think Jose Mourinho will go with:
Manchester United desperately need a positive result to boost their chances of finishing in the top four when they take on Arsenal at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. Here is the line-up I think Jose Mourinho will go with:
Goalkeeper: There can be no debate over who will start in goal as David De Gea is certain to keep his place and Mourinho will need the Spaniard in top form if United are to get anything from the game.
Defence: Mourinho has a number of concerns in defence as he could be without as many as eight defenders tomorrow night. Victor Lindelof is certain to miss out with a hamstring injury, Ashley Young is suspended after collecting five bookings while the Mirror claims that Chris Smalling hasn’t been included in the provisional squad after suffering a foot injury last week.
Luke Shaw and Phil Jones are in the squad but will face late fitness tests after picking up knocks during the 2-2 draw at Southampton. Neither injury is serious and I think they’ll both be passed fit to start tomorrow night.
The Mirror also says that Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia have been named in Mourinho’s provisional squad after missing the Southampton game with minor issues so the duo are pushing for recalls along with Matteo Darmian – who’s also expected to shake-off a knock.
Mourinho refused to give away any of his team news at his press conference so we’ll have to wait and see which players come through late fitness tests but I think United will be able to field a solid back four against Arsenal in the end.
Midfield: Paul Pogba was recalled against the Saints but he put-in a disappointing performance amid reports of a fresh bust-up with Mourinho. However, I still think the Frenchman will keep his place for this huge game.
Nemanja Matic should be free to move back in to midfield following his stint in defence at the weekend while Marouane Fellaini could keep his place as Mourinho is a big fan of the Belgian international’s and he’ll want him to disrupt Arsenal’s flow in the middle of the park.
Ander Herrera will be disappointed to miss out after scoring on Saturday but I think he’ll be on the bench along with summer signing Fred.
Attack: Romelu Lukaku ended his goal drought against Southampton but he’s facing a late fitness test after picking up a knock. Marcus Rashford will also be checked over after suffering a dead leg but the forward is expected to recover and he could start up front if Lukaku misses out.
Alexis Sanchez won’t be able to face his former side as he’s been ruled out until the New Year with a hamstring injury but Anthony Martial is pushing for a recall after being surprisingly dropped against Southampton.
Jesse Lingard is also in-line for a recall having been axed at the weekend so Juan Mata may have to make do with a place among the substitutes.
Here is how we think United will line-up:
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